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What the Butler Saw 

Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist is attempting to interview an attractive secretary, Geraldine. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs. Prentice, ... See full summary »

Director:

Barry Davis

Writer:

Joe Orton
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Tyler Butterworth ... Nicholas Beckett
Dinsdale Landen ... Dr. Prentice
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Geraldine Barclay
Bryan Pringle ... Sergeant Match
Prunella Scales ... Mrs Prentice
Timothy West ... Dr. Rance
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Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist is attempting to interview an attractive secretary, Geraldine. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs. Prentice, being seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1987 (UK) See more »

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Dr. Rance: Did your stepmother know of your love for your father?
Geraldine Barclay: I live in a normal family! I have no love for my father!
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hilarious and naughty Orton classic
3 June 2010 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Joe Orton's most controversial play was not received well when originally premiered but is now rightly seen as a classic. A farce which takes place in a lunatic asylum and which combines mistaken identity, insanity, transvestism, sexual perversion, a crumbling marriage and an intimate part of a Winston Churchill statue, this version is played with a sure hand and perfectly cast.

Geraldine Barclay (Tessa Peake-Jones) has been sent by an agency to apply for a job as secretary to Dr Prentice (Dinsdale Landen), a frustrated psychiatrist with a nymphomaniac wife (Prunella Scales) who despises him. Circumstances mean that Geraldine has to be hidden from the view of a government inspector, Dr Rance (Timothy West), who has his own theories about how the asylum should be run. Added to this Mrs Prentice has narrowly escaped being raped by a hotel call boy, Nicholas Beckett (Tyler Butterworth) who is now trying to extract money to reunite her with her clothes. And there's a token police inspector, Sgt Match (Bryan Pringle) who has a particularly useful helmet.

As farces go, this has a lot of action and some delightfully dirty one-liners, and that is before we even start to consider that Winston Churchill connection. With such skilled players in the cast, this really couldn't fail and is very entertaining. As (I think) the only film version of What The Butler Saw it is a valuable document, and highly recommended.


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